Monday, June 15, 2009

Poverty Without Borders 6/15, 6/16

Carly Yuenger

Our show on Bead for Life last week started a conversation about global poverty and it's one we're continuing this week with Monday's and Tuesday's shows.

Like any global issue, global poverty stands at the nexus of a complex set of issues. At the same time, food, water, shelter, and basic health and sanitation are fundamental needs for everyone and so it stands to reason that something about the experience of poverty is the same, or similar, no matter who or where you are.

Monday's show with Mort Rosenblum of Dispatches addresses the larger issue of looking at poverty in a global context. Tuesday's show with Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund highlights the efforts of one person to combat poverty by appropriating the mechanisms of a capitalist economy.

Can the experience of poverty give us insight into how to address it? Is there a politics of poverty that has gotten in the way of the ability of an abundant world to provide for the basic needs of its inhabitants? What has gone wrong in the ecology of humans that there can be great riches existing side by side with extreme poverty? Please add your thoughts below, or leave us a voicemail at 1-877-GLOBE-07

1 comment:

Marge said...

I have been listening to your series on handicrafts and on poverty (blue sweater). Quite often handicrafts help people struggling with poverty. One example is the beautiful jewelry made by the Indians of the southwest. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and other Pueblo artisans. Here is one website that mentions how the sale of jewelry helps defray poverty.